Sunday, February 27, 2011

yippie skippie! PUBLISHED! and a finished project.....

Check out the March April issue of cloth paper scissors to read step into a story! Try your hand at making a pair of paper mache, graphic paper, and stitched shoes. My pattern is included right in the magazine.
I had so much fun creating the pieces and writing the article. The folks at Interweave are great to work with! So, for anyone out there still hesitating to submit work to their favorite publication, stop putting it off and just do it!

Last week's project is finished! I like the pocket detail made using a vintage embroidered linen napkin and covered button.  It also has "cookie" pocket that my sister Meri and I started adding to our clothes long, long ago.....                                      

This fun pullover top is adapted from a a pattern I bought in 1976!  I did have to make it "slightly" larger this time around, and I can't remember when I last bought a pattern for $1.75!
Happy stitching!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A mixed bag

A certain color palette is running through my head today!

Subtle but warm.....

......and I will be stitching up something to wear!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

these are a few of my favorite things!

Presenty wonderfulness from Meri! Ok maybe I whined and wheedled a little to get one of these super cool marcel dzama shrinkydink pins. Check out Meri's posts to see more
A CD loaded with a zillion images from my childhood, including "the lost photos" from my year in Turkey and the family cross country camping trips, "from sea to shining sea"!  Thanks Dad turning all those slides into pics for us!

OK, this is officially the last time I was taller than my sisters! Also...I still have that haircut!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sewing up a storm!

Start with a Marci Tilton Wearable Art pattern from Vogue. Give your serger a tune-up and breakout that funny orange knit fabric that's been in your stash for years.   

 Add some details to make it your own........

and voila a fun pullover for walking and taking in the spring weather that I am sure will start any minute now!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pigtail Alley finds!

Fun finds from a great antique shop here in Watkins Glen NY!

This seven drawer chest was made in Japan and has the sweetest cast brass pulls in the shape of pine cones and bamboo trim. The drawers are lined in a green ribbed velour. A perfect find for odds and ends in the studio!

I also found a beautiful vintage embroidered and brocade piece that I plan to use as a dresser scarf after I have scanned all the incredible designs into my graphic library. I love the grays and reds in the brocade! The backing is stamped "made in china" and looks to be late 1940's.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

new year and special day... february giveaway!

Year of the rabbit.....with two lovely pieces of jewelery gifted from Meri.....a few of my favorite things I am wearing frequently this winter!

Sweet treats and fond thoughts for Valentine's Day. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win two of these little treat boxes. I will draw a name on Thursday Feb 10th so they can arrive in time for the 14th! 
They are fashioned from recycled cardboard tubes, Martha Stewart tissue paper, vintage french wired ribbon and finished with a red ruffle trim I found at my favorite second hand shop "The Bargain Bin" in Montour Falls NY. I don't think they have a website but they sure have bargains!